Arizona has developed a pretty good crop of conservative bloggers. From time-to-time, I’ll cross-post good blog entries written by Arizona conservative bloggers on other sites.
Our first contribution comes from someone who’s one of Arizona’s most prominent voices on the conservative political blog Redstate.
Greetings to Michael Becker. Known as “mbecker908″ on Redstate, he maintains his own blog at 908 Straight St. (This blog entry is cross-posted from that site). Mike describes himself as someone who:
has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at Redstate, lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
I’m posting this because, in this article, Mike proposes specific ways to reduce illegal immigration through employer-focused sanctions.
I’m a supporter of employer sanctions, as long as they don’t unfairly penalize employers who make a good-faith effort to weed out illegal immigrants in their hiring processes. ( IMO, mbecker908′s procedures do that.) I also recognize that lots of the goods and services our economy provides might become more expensive as a result; I’ll grit my teeth and dig deeper in my pocket as need be.
I’m no particular fan of Arizona’s SB1070. I support it since we passed it, but I really think there are better ways to accomplish the laudable – and achievable – end of dramatically reducing the number of illegal aliens in the US and doing it in a way that reduces the probability of overturning the legislation and then having to wait out the appeals process. The way to get the job done is:
• Require employers to have a current E-Verify form on every employee AND 1099 contractor.
• No E-Verify form: $1,000 fine per occurrence.
• For each illegal alien employed at said firm, a $10,000 fine and a felony count that cannot be reduced to a misdemeanor with a plea agreement.
• The fine and the felony attaches to the business owner if a sole proprietor, and to the Board of Directors and the highest ranking local officer of a public company.